DHX Media has named the veteran animation industry executive Amir Nasrabadi its executive vice president and general manager of its own animation studio in Vancouver.
Nasrabadi will be joining the team in this newly created role effective June 10, 2019. He will report to Josh Scherba, the company’s president, while overseeing all animation production at the studio. He will lead the Vancouver team and work closely with DHX Media’s creative, content and brands teams.
“As a well-known and respected figure in the animation community, who brings a wealth of industry experience, Amir is an ideal executive to lead the talented team at our Vancouver animation studio,” said Scherba, president, DHX Media.
“We believe Amir’s history as head of Pixar Canada in Vancouver, as well as his time in management with Illumination, Paramount and Disney will deliver tremendous value to our business. We couldn’t be more delighted that Amir is coming back to Vancouver, and we look forward to welcoming him to DHX Media.”
Nasrabadi added: “Vancouver is such a fantastic city for animation and I am thrilled to be joining DHX Media to be part of the exciting work being done at their world-class studio. I hear the studio is a dog-friendly work space as well, so my mini-dachshund Dot will fit right in.”
Nasrabadi brings over 20 years’ experience in production, operations, finance and strategy in the animation and visual effects industry, having held senior roles with some of the world’s top production companies. Most recently he was EVP of finance and operations for Illumination, producers of such global hits as Despicable Me, Minions, The Grinch and Sing.
Prior to this, he was SVP of production at Paramount Animation, and before Paramount, Nasrabadi worked for 15 years with The Walt Disney Studios, where he was VP finance and operations for DisneyToon Studios, and then in 2009, launched and ran Pixar Canada in Vancouver.
DHX Media’s 75,000 square foot animation studio in Vancouver is a state-of-the-art facility employing approximately 500 2D- and 3D-animation professionals.
The studio produced over 1,800 minutes of animated content in 2018, including such series as The Deep, Mega Man: Fully Charged, Carmen Sandiego for Netflix, Peabody & Sherman and The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle for DreamWorks, and its first feature film, My Little Pony: The Movie for Hasbro.
The studio team is currently working on new Peanuts content for Apple, as well as Chip and Potato for Netflix, Blaze and the Monster Machines for Nickelodeon, and Dorg Van Dango for Nickelodeon with Cartoon Saloon.